Private Lessons

Elève Libre is about Jonas, a sixteen year old aspiring tennis pro neglects his education in hopes of volleying his way straight to Wimbledon, but finds his ambitions sidelined when his relationship with his tutor takes a decidedly personal turn. Jonas has just failed exams, but who needs an education when you’re a world famous athlete. Unfortunately Jonas hasn’t achieved that level of fame just yet, though he’s convinced that he’s well on his way. When thirty year old Pierre offers to tutor Jonas and the cocky young athlete turns his back on school entirely, the boundaries of their relationship become increasingly blurred. Things don’t get easier when Pierre’s friends decide to give him their own special lessons of life and turn his sexual education into a kind of game.


On the whole, this is a discomfiting tale of a teenager whose attempts to take a crash course in academic matters leads to an equal one in becoming an adult. The many developments in his character’s personality are portrayed with a quiet assuredness by young actor Jonas Bloquet, There is a somewhat bleak and melancholy view of human nature on display here that is hard to like, but difficult not to be provoked into thought by


8 thoughts on “Private Lessons”

  1. I dearly love those films that dare to talk of those situations that so few dare speak of (whatever ‘deviances’ they be).
    Every year I live, I realise to what extent these ‘rare’, ‘odd’ stories are in fact widespread, and more so than I ever imagined.
    Reaction against such stories are in proportion to the extent to which they exist.
    …Like that rather outrageous review written on the film in IMDB.

  2. Thank you Josh for pointing out in this movie which is a wonderful movie, the frustration of young men and the very poor ways in which it is handled, even in Norway. As someone from Norway, I can tell you that boys can be treated just as poorly they are in the USA.

    Perhaps this might bring up the vast failure of feminist fractional behaviorism which now dehumanizes children. This may not come up often, but this form of therapy which is systemically a problem with USA psychiatry, psychology, and most of all the dreaded MSN therapy.

    In my last comment, this was the form of ¨therapy¨most feared among educated psychiatrists and analyst. The therapy of the State where there is no promise of absolute privacy as there in in analysis.

    ¨Come to us with your problems so that we may turn you into the State, so that we may imprison you¨

    dw md

    1. I would love to know more about the Feminist Fractional Behaviorism used. It is something I am seeing but had no idea where it came from or why.

      This is truly fascinating.

  3. An excellent movie if a bit on the depressing side.
    I have to admit, it got me to thinking. Thank you Josh for bringing this to our attention!

  4. Anyone know where to find English subs for this film? I’ve used all the Google-fu I know, but have only found German, Dutch, and Croatian.

  5. Great film…A ‘lil cliche and kinda sombre…Thanks Josh for serving this one up.

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